THE WAY THEATRE
The Way Theatre is one of the biggest cultural events to happen in Atherton. ‘Stolen Thread’ Productions CIC brings The Way Theatre/Studio to arts and all community groups across the region. After securing the venue at Victoria Mill, Bolton Old Road, Atherton they have created a purpose-built Arts Space for Fringe Theatre/Music/Dance companies to come and show off their talents to the delight of Greater Manchester. The Way Theatre is conveniently situated 2 minutes’ walk from Atherton Train Station and has ample free parking. Stolen Thread Productions CIC are an active Theatre/Film productions company too and want to enrich the area and professionals alongside our general community with the best quality of art there is!
Stolen Thread Productions CIC is a new Leigh-based theatre production company aiming to bring as much love and passion around theatre/film/TV in the North-West as there is in London by promoting the arts all round in the region. It was originally formed from a local family run drama school A Will And A Way Ltd in which Will Travis teaches all ages acting classes. The company is named in remembrance of the original spinning jenny, invented by Leigh born Thomas Hayes. The idea was stolen by Arkwright who famously patented the spinning jenny, but later was successfully challenged by Hayes – hence the "Stolen Thread"!
Monopoleyes (written by Will Travis) was the first project Stolen Thread Productions CIC had produced working alongside professional theatres in Manchester back in December 2016 which was supported by Arts Council England. The entire development of the piece from a writing and directing perspective was new for Will considering his background is mainly acting. The producer Elise Williamson had also worked in acting and stage crew within A Will And A Way Ltd (Leigh) but had never produced before. Susan McArdle, also runs sister drama school Little Big Theatre Workshop (Urmston, South Manchester) and her background is mainly acting. Nick was originally a parent of one of the students and fell in love with the arts who continued to help us with the set on the first project.
As a grass roots company completing the project back in 2016 we found a huge niche in the market where people of our local town didn’t happen to have anywhere locally that they could showcase their work on a professional level working alongside other professionals. We have multiple spaces to potentially perform but nowhere that would be suitable for an actual professional production. After great lengthy discussions, we decided that this would be something the community would benefit from and as we aim to champion the arts and support all age groups in this professionally we wanted to show others within the industry how it is possible to bring this amazing world to our very own home.